Emma Chory spends 14 hours a day in a med­ical oncology lab­o­ra­tory at the Dana-​​Farber Cancer Insti­tute, testing the poten­tial of many dif­ferent drug ther­a­pies to treat rare forms of cancer — and she looks for­ward to every day.

Research is hard, and it’s easy to get frus­trated, but it’s impos­sible to fail if you love what you do,” said Chory, a fourth-​​year chem­ical engi­neering major at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity who plans to pursue a PhD in bio­engi­neering after grad­u­ating in the spring. “Even if your exper­i­ment fails, you are still one step closer to a cure.”

Chory is one of more than a dozen under­grad­uate stu­dents from across the country par­tic­i­pating in the Steam­boat Foundation’s 10-​​week Summer Scholars Pro­gram. She received $12,000 from the foun­da­tion, which sup­ports stu­dents who show poten­tial for becoming leaders in their chosen field.

Every year, one stu­dent is selected from each of the foundation’s partner uni­ver­si­ties to com­plete an intern­ship with one of the foundation’s grant part­ners, in fields ranging from health care to hospitality.

Chory — a Trum­bull, Con­necticut, native who grew up playing with legos and building bridges with Pop­sicle sticks — rel­ishes the oppor­tu­nity to net­work and learn from fellow Steam­boat Scholars in fields such as mar­keting, fashion design and art history.

As she put it, “I was drawn to the pro­gram because it’s a really good chance to learn from people who are so dif­ferent and unique and have dif­ferent goals and ambitions.”

Con­ducting research on cell-​​adhesion phe­nomena in Northeastern’s Bio­log­ical Sur­face Engi­neering and Microflu­idics Lab­o­ra­tory pre­pared Chory for her role at Dana-​​Farber.

At North­eastern, I learned so many good lab tech­niques that I use in my research everyday,” she said. “I’m so lucky.”

Chem­ical engi­neering asso­ciate pro­fessor Shashi Murthy, who runs the microflu­idics lab, praised the student-researcher’s work ethic.

Emma is a very moti­vated stu­dent who made big con­tri­bu­tions to work in my lab, from data analysis to under­standing the bigger pic­ture of what she was doing,” he said. “It was very impressive.”